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Delas Freres Saint-Joseph Les Challeys Rouge 2016

Producer Information

Founded 160 years ago in the heart of the northern Côtes du Rhône, Delas Freres today crafts world class wines from both northern and southern Rhône.

Tending the steep sloping vineyards, which total some 30 hectares of vines, the team adapt their growing practices to each plot of vines to let the terroir of the Rhône shine through in the wines.

Crafted by winemaker Jacques Grange (who is originally from Burgundy), the wines from Delas Freres epitomise finesse and elegance. Recent vintages from the vineyards of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Côtes-du-Rhône and Côtes-du-Ventoux have bee lauded in the press for their intensity of flavour and excellent value.

Vineyards

Soils consist of light schist and gneiss over granite bedrock. The climate is moderately continental, with hot, dry summers.

Winemaking

Grapes are hand picked at optimum ripeness and fermented in open concrete tanks.

Part of the wine is aged in barrels which brings a touch of oak character.

Vintage Information

In terms of the flowering, it took place two to three weeks later than in 2015, which ultimately corresponds to a typical year. The first stage of flowering took place in sunny conditions, whereas the second stage unfortunately took place in heavy rain. By the end of summer the vineyards had returned to a perfectly healthy state and ripening went well, particularly after a beneficial rainy spell in early September.

Tasting Note

Ruby red in colour with a seductively fruity nose (strawberries, raspberries and blackcurrents) with a hint of wood. On the palate the wine has a full body with firm tannins which are a testiment to the Saint-Joseph terroir.

Food Pairing

Best served with marinated or grilled meats, stews, mixed grills, game or cheese.

Press

89-91 Points Robert Parker
Already wonderfully drinkable. Ripe cherries and toasted almonds provide an almost dessert-like profile, but savoury notes of black olive provide grounding. The supple tannins make this delicious and easy to drink, yet should age though 2025.

Saint-Joseph AOC
Syrah: 100%
Cork

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